- a young person; youth
- a young animal or plant
- Now Rare a novice
Origin of younglingMiddle English yongling ; from Old English geongling, diminutive akin to German jüngling, Old Norse ynglingr: see young and amp; -ling
From Middle English youngling, Èungling, from Old English Ä¡eongling (â€œa youthâ€), from Proto-Germanic *jungalingaz, *jungilingaz (â€œyoung man, younglingâ€), equivalent to young +â€Ž -ling. Cognate with Dutch jongeling (â€œa youngsterâ€), German JÃ¼ngling (â€œa youthâ€), Swedish yngling (â€œa youth, kidâ€), Icelandic unglingur (â€œteenager, youthâ€). More at young.